Globalists will 'find use' for Macron says Dr Niall McCrae
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Gavin Mortimer claimed that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s nation has been “cruelly exploiting” France’s “neediness” for years. This has only increased as Germany’s financial clout has become ever greater.
Bizarrely Mr Macron has remained “infatuated” with his EU partner – despite it “taking advantage” of his country economically for decades.
Writing in the Spectator, Mr Mortimer insisted that many in France are aware of this imbalance.
He also insisted that continually voicing his disdain of Brexit and Boris Johnson’s Government was unlikely to win him many votes in next year’s presidential election.
“As a Brit living in France, I’ve never experienced any animosity about Brexit, fishing or submarines” he wrote.
“I’ve had French people express their regret at Britain’s departure from the EU, but this has always been tinged with understanding and sometimes envy.
“If Macron thinks bashing Britain will win him some votes he is mistaken. His Anglophobia is not shared by his people.”
“His obsession is a reflection of how little he and his ENA (an elite school for French technocrats)-run government know their country that they think there might be mileage in maligning Britain.
“But there is one European nation that might prove a profitable line of attack for the president as he hits the campaign trail ahead of next year’s election: Germany.”
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He went on to say that the relationship between the two EU countries is as imbalanced as the UK’s “special relationship” with the US.
Saying that the French media is acutely aware of this, he suggested the French President make political capital out of this ahead of the crunch poll which he could lose to far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen.
He said: “Earlier this year, current affairs magazine Marianne devoted an issue to how Germany has taken economic advantage of France over the decades.
“Last month, another weekly, Le Point, published an op-ed declaring it was time France took back control from Germany and ended the ‘illusion in the Franco-German couple, (a couple only France believes in) and the neurotic fascination of the French elite for Germany’.
“It cited many examples of what it called Germany’s ‘strictly selfish politics’, including their torpedoing in 2012 of the $45 billion (£40 billion) merger between EADS, Europe’s largest aerospace company, and Britain’s BAE Systems that would have created an aerospace and defence group to rival Boeing.
“France supported the merger but it was overruled by its EADS co-partner because Angela Merkel considered it would be bad for German industry.
“On that occasion there was no tantrum from France, unlike Macron’s response to last month’s AUKUS defence deal (between the US, UK and Australia).
“Earlier this week, Macron announced a €30 billion (£25 billion) investment plan to transform France into a global innovation leader by 2030.
“It was typical Macron: full of bold visions and confident claims.
“But if he is serious about ‘re-industrialising’ his country he will first have to end France’s one-sided relationship with Germany.”
Despite being the elephant in the room, Mr Mortimer said that Mr Macron was “unlikely” to confront the issue.
He added: “Will Macron muster the courage to stand up to the Chancellor?
“It’s unlikely. He was groomed in the groupthink of ENA where graduates believe Germany is only a force for good in Europe. Brexit Britain, on the other hand, will always be the baddie.”
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